Health Secretary Favors MECQ Extension in NCR Plus

For at least a week or two.

Extension of MECQ
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(SPOT.ph) More than a year since a lot of back-and-forth on quarantine measures and acronyms, Metro Manila and nearby provinces reverted to Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 29 then shifted to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on April 12. This is status quo for the National Capital Region, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan until April 30. And as the number of cases continue to increase, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that he's favoring an extension of MECQ for at least a week.

Extension of MECQ

"Kung titingnan natin ang datos, tingin ko talagang kinakailangan ipagpatuloy ang MECQ for another week or two dahil nga 'yong ating health system capacity hindi masyadong nag-i-improve pa sa ngayon," he said in an interview on Teleradyo on Monday, April 26.

He explained that many hospitals in the "NCR Plus" bubble remain under critical risk classification and that COVID-19 infections could increase if quarantine restrictions are lifted.

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As of April 25, the Philippines total number of cases is at 997,523. It is expected to breach the one-million mark today.

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